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SCOTUS Ethics Provision Passes U.S. House

FTC senior researcher Tyler Cooper released this statement:

Fix the Court applauds the passage of H.R. 1 and cheers the inclusion of a provision that ensures Supreme Court justices will finally be bound by a code of conduct.

The Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges currently applies to “circuit judges, district judges, Court of International Trade judges, Court of Federal Claims judges, bankruptcy judges, and magistrate judges,” but not included are Supreme Court justices.

And although Justice Kagan told Congress in 2019 that Chief Justice Roberts was “studying the question” of whether to write a code applicable to SCOTUS, the Court has provided no updates since, so it’s heartening to see the legislative branch step in to ensure that the highest court doesn’t continue to be held to the lowest standards of judicial ethics.

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